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"Just Words"

Yesterday, President Obama met with the heads of several leading businesses to discuss his plans for improving the economy. The main message Obama wanted to convey to the CEOs:

"I want to dispel any notion we want to inhibit your success," President Obama told 20 CEOs this morning, according to a source in the room. "We want to be boosters because when you do well, America does well."

Good move, Mr. President. That's one of the truest things you've said since... well, ever.

But it's worth discussing just where that notion came from. It didn't spring, fully formed, from the brow of Zeus. It's the result of literally years and years of your efforts to convey just that message.

You got that reputation the old-fashioned way, Mr. President -- you earned it. You earned it by decrying the "excessive" and "obscene" profits of private industry, railing against Wall Street fatcats (an astonishing number of whom gave you money, and even ended up on your payroll), by promising to regulate and control businesses while guaranteeing them a "reasonable" profit ("reasonable," by your definition). By talking about making people pay "their fair share," which means to you "them that has, pays more."

Now you want to turn that image around? Good idea. And good luck. Because you've literally spent years working hard to earn just that image. It'll take more than a couple of glib speeches to turn that all around. It'll take a even more work than you put into getting it in the first place.

Because, quite frankly, there's absolutely no reason for anyone to believe you.

At least you managed to avoid your customary "tell" -- "as I've said before." When you say that or things like that, you're telling us all to strap on the hip waders.


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"I want to dispel any notio... (Below threshold)
914:

"I want to dispel any notion we want to inhibit your success,” President Obama told 20 CEOs this morning"


I want you to believe my lies, not your eyes.

Barry is such a joke. A pa... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Barry is such a joke. A pathetic joke of a president. It's embarrassing.

I can't believe he said thi... (Below threshold)

I can't believe he said this without scratching his nose with his middle finger!

Reading the article, I don'... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Reading the article, I don't see where Obama has any plans himself. Looks more like he's asking for help because he hasn't got a clue.

"The president asked the CEOs for “specific recommendations".."

This, from the article is telling:
"Of primary concern to the president is the $1.8 trillion in corporate wealth currently sitting in banks and equivalent places.."

Spend spend spend. Always the solution for Obama.

Obama is and always has bee... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Obama is and always has been an inexperienced, empty suit with no leadership experience at all. Ever. The left fell for him, he lied to the independents but thank God 2012 is coming. Carter redo. ww

"You earned it by decrying ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"You earned it by decrying the "excessive" and "obscene" profits of private industry, railing against Wall Street fatcats..."

Don't forget how President Zero accused 'greedy' doctors of hacking out tonsils and lopping off feet, just so they could get more money.

Who the hell believes him now?

'...there's absolutely no r... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

'...there's absolutely no reason for anyone to believe you.'

With his track record, anyone who does believe him is a fool.

But yet, there'll be plenty... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

But yet, there'll be plenty of people who believe what he says. He's the President, after all - why would he lie?

(They seem to forget - he's a politician. Why WOULDN'T he lie?)

This quote from the article... (Below threshold)
Allan Yackey:

This quote from the article tells you that the President has no idea how jobs are created.

“Davis was asked: “Can you understand why a citizen at home who is unemployed sees a company like yours with $3 billion sitting in the bank having laid off thousands of workers last year, thinks ‘Put that money to work hiring people!””

It a different context it is like messing up the engine of a vehicle in a way that it cannot run, but telling the owner that since he has a tank full of gas you do not understand why he isn’t using it to drive the vehicle.

The money is nothing but a kind of fuel for the economic engine. The engine is malfunctioning and the government does nothing but try to buy more gas and keep the people who could fix the engine from being able to do it.

Such utter bullshi... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


Such utter bullshit.

What will enable the country to prosper again is the complete refudiation of the left's agenda. Socialism and progressivism differ only in degree--both have failed wherever they have been attempted.

A continuance of present policy is inevitably going to result in the United States Of Europe. I can't really express my contempt for this course and remain unbanned here. Suffice it to say it is WRONG.

“Davis was asked: “Can y... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

“Davis was asked: “Can you understand why a citizen at home who is unemployed sees a company like yours with $3 billion sitting in the bank having laid off thousands of workers last year, thinks ‘Put that money to work hiring people!””

This really should be rephrased to convey what he actually meant. *He's* the one that can't understand why they're sitting on their money. He has no idea that *he's* the one whose policies have created such an air of uncertainty in this country that not only are corporations sitting on their money, but anyone who has one extra penny won't spend it for the very same reason: the looming threat of the government poised to take it away at any moment through direct taxation, indirect taxation, over regulation, mandates, and fifty some-odd other means of seizing wealth.

The "citizen at home" seems to understand this quite clearly.

None of us can even afford to take a small breath until this Congress is out of session and out of power. Look at what they're trying to do in the eleventh hour just to squeeze every last drop they can before being sent packing. Then none of us can afford to think about letting out a sigh of relief until this President is once again a private citizen.

But he did tell them he lov... (Below threshold)
Roy:

But he did tell them he loves them, and promised not to slap them around again.

Meh...How can you ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Meh...

How can you tell that the (P)resident is lying?
His lips move while he reads from the teleprompter.

If he really was interested in jobs and the economy he wouldn't have torpedoed it with all the programs he's initiated. He is an uterly cluess socialist trying his best to destroy that which he hates...and he's doing a damn good job at it.

This is Obama at his bank r... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

This is Obama at his bank robber best ...

Why would he talk to the CEO's ? Becasue thats where the money is ...

He's asking nice now ... in time he won't ask so nice that they put the cash to work via hiring ...

Indeed. He wants those bus... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Indeed. He wants those businesses to be doing as well as they can when the government takes them over.

It appears Barry is the pim... (Below threshold)
914:

It appears Barry is the pimp of the business world.

Almost all of that "$1.8 tr... (Below threshold)
John S:

Almost all of that "$1.8 trillion in corporate wealth" is sitting overseas out of the reach of the Democrats. And there it will stay.

"We want to be boosters ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

"We want to be boosters because when you do well, ..."

..."we can then bleed your ass white to temporarily fund our bullshit socialist utopia in the making."

FTFY.

If they believe him, then t... (Below threshold)
inge:

If they believe him, then they are bigger fools then ever!
Should Obama be re-elected, he'll go full speed ahead with his re-distribution, which only momentarily stopped due to the election on Nov. 2.
He wants to finsih the job!

No no no, everyone seems to... (Below threshold)
JustRuss (IT1 SW USN Retired):

No no no, everyone seems to miss the point. He's a democrat, its all about nuance. It all depends on what your definition of "success" is. His is somewhere around $250k a year, everything after that can be confiscated and redistributed, though for now they will come up with myriad taxes rather than literally holding a gun to their heads.




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